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Tennessee Valley Authority

400 West Summit Hill Drive, Knoxville, TN 37902


Board of Directors

Board of Directors

DIRECTORSKenneth E. Allen
A.D. Frazier, Jr.
William B. Kilbride
John L. Ryder
Jeffrey W. Smith


Executive Leadership

Executive Leadership
Senior Vice PresidentSusan E. Collins

Sherry A. Quirk
John M. Thomas III

External RelationsJeannette M. Mills
FinancialJohn M. Thomas III
Human ResourcesSusan E. Collins
NuclearTimothy Rausch
OperatingMichael D. Skaggs

General CounselSherry A. Quirk
Inspector GeneralRichard W. Moore

The above list of key personnel was updated 8–2020.

The above list of key personnel was updated 8–2020.

The Tennessee Valley Authority conducts a unified program of resource development to advance economic growth in the Tennessee Valley region.

Establishment and Members of the Board

The Tennessee Valley Authority Act of 1933 created the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). This act of May 18, 1933 (16 U.S.C. 831-831dd), established the TVA as a wholly owned Government corporation.

All functions of this public corporation are vested in its nine-member Board of Directors, whose members the President appoints by the advice and with the consent of the Senate. At least seven of the nine members must be legal residents of the TVA's service area. The Board designates one of its members to serve as the Chair.


TVA activities range from economic development and environmental stewardship to electric power production and transmission; to flood control, navigation, and recreation improvement; and to water supply and water quality management.

The TVA's electric power program is financially self-supporting and operates as part of an independent system with the Authority's system of dams on the Tennessee River and its larger tributaries. These dams provide flood regulation on the Tennessee River and contribute to regulation of the lower Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. The system maintains a continuous 9-foot-draft navigation channel for the length of the 650-mile Tennessee River main stream, from Paducah, KY, to Knoxville, TN. The dams harness the power of the rivers to produce electricity. They also provide other benefits, notably outdoor recreation and water supply.

The Authority operates the river management system and provides assistance to State and local governments in reducing local flood problems. It also works with other agencies to encourage full and effective use of the navigable waterway by industry and commerce.

The TVA is the wholesale power supplier for 154 local municipal and cooperative electric systems serving customers in parts of 7 States. It supplies power to 60 industries and Federal installations whose power requirements are large or unusual. Power to meet these demands is supplied from dams, coal-fired powerplants, nuclear powerplants, natural gas combined-cycle powerplants, combustion turbine and diesel installations, solar energy sites, wind turbines, a methane gas facility, and a pumped-storage hydroelectric plant; U.S. Corps of Engineers dams in the Cumberland Valley; and Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners dams, whose operations are coordinated with the TVA's system.

Economic development is at the heart of the TVA's mission of making the Tennessee Valley a better place to live. A healthy economy means quality jobs, more investment in the region, sustainable growth, and opportunities for residents in the southeastern region to build more prosperous lives. TVA economic development takes a regional approach to economic growth by partnering with power distributors and both public and private organizations to attract new investments and quality jobs, supporting retention and growth of existing businesses and industries, preparing communities for leadership and economic growth, and providing financial and technical services.

Sources of Information

Archived Records

The "Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States" indicates that TVA records have been assigned to record group 142.


With birds living in and migrating through the area year-round, TVA lands offer plenty of opportunities for birdwatchers. | Email:

Business Opportunities

The TVA partners with power distributors, suppliers, and other individuals and organizations. It seeks business relationships with firms offering reliable products and services at competitive prices. The TVA encourages businessmen and women of diverse backgrounds—minorities, service-disabled-veterans, veterans, as well as small business owners and entrepreneurs in historically underutilized business zones—to learn about available opportunities. For more information, contact Supply Chain, BR 4A–C, 1101 Market Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402. Phone , 423-751-7903.

Career Opportunities

The TVA is a service-oriented agency whose mission covers 86,000 square miles and depends on professionals with expertise in diverse fields. Some of those fields include archaeology, aviation, economics, engineering, environmental law, hydrology, law enforcement, library science, marketing, program management, water quality, and zoology. | Email:

In 2019, the Office of Inspector General ranked first among 420 agency subcomponents in the Partnership for Public Service's Best Places To Work Agency Rankings!

Climate Change

The "TVA Climate Change Adaptation and Resiliency Plan—2020 Update" is available in Portable Document Format (PDF) for viewing and downloading.

Contact Information

The TVA benefits from engaged citizens. It encourages comments, feedback, and input. Contact TVA Communications, 400 W. Summit Hill Drive, Knoxville, TN 37902-1499. Phone, 865-632-2101. | Email:

Economic Development

TVA Economic Development serves the seven States of the TVA service area—AL, GA, KY, MS, NC, TN, and VA. Through partnerships with other economic development organizations, the TVA fosters capital investment and job growth in its service area. Information is available online, or contact TVA Economic Development, 26 Century Boulevard, Suite 100, Nashville, TN 37214. Phone, 615-232-6051.

Environmental Reviews

The TVA conducts environmental reviews to consider the effects of its proposed projects on the human and natural environment before making final decisions. The TVA's environmental projects are open for public review.

Federal Register

Documents that the TVA has published in the Federal Register are accessible online.

Fishing Tips

The TVA helps ambitious fishermen and women meet their numbers. The "Where the Sport Fish Are" page lists the largest populations of Tennessee Valley sport fish and the reservoirs that they inhabit. | Email:

Anglers developed the "Angler's Aquatic Plant ID" as a guide for anglers. The online guide contains seasonal tips for fishing near aquatic plants, starting with American Lotus and ending with Southern Naiad.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Like all Federal agencies, the TVA is required to disclose records that any person requests in writing. The statute contains, however, nine exemptions and three exclusions that may shield some records or parts of them from disclosure. The TVA operates a FOIA requester service center. Phone, 865-632-6945. | Email:

Green Power

The Green Power Providers program offers Tennessee Valley homeowners and businessmen and women an opportunity to help the TVA generate clean, renewable energy. Participants in the program agree to install a small-scale renewable energy system on their property, and the TVA pays them for every kilowatt hour generated by that system.

Historic Photographs

From the earliest days of the TVA, photographers captured images of the agency's work and the cultural changes that followed. The TVA collection contains over 20,000 black-and-white negatives and over 5,000 original file prints. Its images span half a century, from 1933 to 1983.

Lake Levels

Current information on ecological health ratings, fish population surveys, planned generation releases at the dams, recreation facilities, reservoir operations, today’s levels, and predicted elevations for each TVA reservoir is available online.

Library Services

Visitors may use the TVA Research Library by appointment. Contact the TVA Research Library, 400 W. Summit Hill Drive, Knoxville, TN 37902-1499. Phone, 865-632-3464. | Email:

Native American Tribes

Native Americans have a cultural and historical interest in the Tennessee Valley. The TVA consults with 21 federally recognized Tribes when it undertakes projects that could affect their cultural sites.


The TVA posts news stories and press releases online.


The Office of the Inspector General from the TVA posts reports and data on, a text-searchable repository of reports that Federal Inspectors General publish. The Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency operates and maintains the website to increase public access to independent and authoritative information on the Federal Government.

Public Relations

The TVA Public Relations team is available to help representatives of the media.

Site Map

The website map allows visitors to look for specific topics or to browse content that aligns with their interests.

Social Media

The TVA has a Facebook account.

The TVA posts photos and short videos on Instagram.

The TVA publishes business-oriented information on LinkedIn.

The TVA tweets announcements and other newsworthy items on Twitter.

The TVA posts videos on its YouTube channel.

TVA Kids

The TVA maintains the website, which is a colorful online resource for students and teachers. The site covers topics like green power, making electricity, and saving energy. It also has a section of "Cool Stuff" that includes games, videos, and warnings about energy vampires.

The Sources of Information were updated 8–2020.